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End of Season Shoot - 11th October 2015

We marginally exceeded the excellent attendance of last year and 2015 saw 15 members take the stage on a fine breezy day. Regrettably Colin Skellett had to leave us after the morning session which left a record number of 14 to contest the spoils.

The warm up shoot at 300 yards saw just two maximums, with Alistair Bullen gaining the a one V advantage over Bob Jackson.

Success in the other competitions was well distributed, with wins for:

John Cade - Pemberton Cup
Richard Malet - Rosebowl
Alistair Bullen - Holland Shield
Nick Verduyn / Richard Malet - The Pairs

The overall EOS Tankard for best handicapped score was won by Richard Malet, with Phil Taylor as runner-up.

End Of Season 2015

The concurrent trophies shot in competition throughout the season were also presented:

7.62 Trophy - Alistair Bullen
Donegall Trophy - Nick Verduyn
Crossley Cup - Nick Verduyn
Morrisson Salver - Colin Skellett

Download reports:
Eos 15.xls >>>
Eos 15a Macrae.xls >>>


Greenway Goes Clean

James Greenway

Our last club shoot of the season on October 25th dawned cold and bright in the autumn sun, welcoming the six shooters to this first day of the winter time change.

Remarkably calm conditions always looked good for high scoring but what was about to unfold for James Greenway exceeded all expectations.

Shooting at 500 yards in the centre of the range James proceeded to shoot three details scoring 50.7, 50.7 and 35.4 Resuming after lunch at 600 yards James added yet another 50.7

At 15:45 and despite continuing fine weather, the light was fading fast. Shooting alongside Richard Malet, he 'nudged' his second into the bull ring but proceeded to hold his nerve for the next seven shots, remaining resolutely in the 'V'.

Everybody watching knew the score and another V followed with a final 50.9 accompanied by a big grin and a thumbs up from James on the firing point.

235 ex 235 with 34 V bulls.

What a great way to finish the season. What a performance. A Fantastic effort James.


Imperial Meeting 2015

Yet again we experienced a dry and warm Imperial. However heat has the disadvantage of attracting difficult wind conditions and 2015 was no exception. A squad of seven members represented the club this year.

MATCH RIFLE

According to tradition our sole MR representative was Dick Hayden. After more than 50 appearances at the annual flagship event he has witnessed many personal trials and tribulations but was never expecting equipment failure to stand in his way. Unfortunately that was the case this year as it’s never ideal to find that your barrel is shot out particularly during a string of competitions. He soldiered on but now looks forward to rebarrelling and putting Imperial 2015 down to experience. 

TARGET RIFLE

The remaining six club members joined the fray on First Friday for the TR events.

Team shooting

WPRC were not representing Hertfordshire in the Astor Cup this year but we entered teams in The Steward, The Belgian and The Rifle Clubs competitions. The Club was represented by Alistair Bullen, Ashley Coleman-Cooke, Colin Skellett Nick Verduyn and Bob Jackson.  

Shooting against the strongest competition we were in for a surprise in The Steward, finishing 1st in the provisional scores posted on the evening after the event. Much celebrating was in order and duly enjoyed, only to have our hopes dashed the next day with a late correction after a challenge by Manchester RC. This was upheld, with them finally eclipsing us by a solitary V bull. Our score was however very rewarding and at least we didn’t miss out on the celebration! Team was Verduyn, Coleman-Cooke, Bullen and Jackson

Steward         2nd ex 27 with a score of 680.68

In the following Belgian and Rifle Clubs competitions we were back in the pack again with disappointing results after our short time in the spotlight earlier.

Belgian          22nd ex 33 with a score of 674.71
Team of: Verduyn, Bullen, Jackson, Skellett

Rifle Clubs    19th ex 33 with a score of 407.50
Team of: Verduyn, Bullen, Jackson, Skellett

Individual shooting

John Cade, Alistair Bullen, Bob Jackson, Colin Skellett and Nick Verduyn were all able to shoot through to Second Thursday, while Ashley Coleman-Cooke departed early after the Middle Weekend.
A good share of HPS’s and Prize Lists were achieved with everyone making at least one prize list place.

Alistair and Colin progressed to the second stage of The Queens prize, both to fall short of a place in the final by a solitary point. Colin also made stage two of the St Georges but with a staggering 149.17 as the cut for the final, he again was denied.

The cruellest blow of the week however was reserved for Nick Verduyn. Shooting solidly over the first five days he came to Queens I and recorded a perfect 21 Bulls ex 21. With a score of 105 ex 105 a place in Queens II would have been absolutely certain, had he not shot one of these on the adjoining target, reducing his score to 100.11
It is a horrible realisation when that happens and more so when you can pull yourself together and finish the shoot and the next distance without coming out of the centre. Well done Nick, we all feel for you.

Summarising, we can be happy with our week and look forward to the 147th Imperial Meeting in 2016.

Full results table available here >>>


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Astor Cup Heat – May 10th 2015

With recent successes very much in mind and having missed out on a win in the 2014 heat our team were hopeful of success. Conditions were tolerable with fickle winds and normal spring temperatures.

Our two coaches Colin Skellett and Bob Jackson toiled manfully and extracted respectable team performances from our shooters at both 300 and 500 yards with identical scores of 204 at both distances. Historically with 600 yards being our strongest distance confidence was high as we trudged back to the 600 yard firing point.

History however was not to repeat itself. We fell away with just 198.17 and an aggregate score of 606.62 across the ranges. This would have been enough to win in both 2013 and 2014 but not today.

Radlett posted a magnificent 616.65 the highest total recorded to date and will represent the County in the final at the Imperial Meeting in July.

Details of the result were as follows:

Radlett                            616.65
WPRC                              606.62
Old Berkhamstedians A      599.43                       
North Herts Rifles             594.49           
Watford                           565.43

WPRC

Colin Skellett                        100.6
Alistair Bullen                       104.10
Nick Verduyn                       104.16           
Ashley Coleman-Cooke           101.11
James Greenway                    99.9
Bob Jackson                          98.10
                       
Full score details on http://www.hertsra.org.uk


End of Season Shoot - 5th October 2014

After a soaking and freezing competition run over two days due to the appalling weather last year, 2014 could not have been more different.

A large field of 13 attended this year to be welcomed by temperatures in the 20’s, and scores heading into record levels too.

With our growing membership it was very rewarding to see new members Pete Sorrell, John Cade, Philip Taylor and Jon Binks attending their first EOS.

The Warm-Up 300 yard shoot was won by a solitary V bull, with James Greenway’s 35.5 narrowly beating Colin Skellett.
Success in the other competitions was well distributed with two wins for newcomer John Cade, a win for newbies Binks and Taylor in the Pairs, and Allan Skellett and Alistair Bullen completing the trophy haul.

The concurrent trophies were also presented with Paul McNamara being able to just stop Alistair from achieving a clean sweep.

Full Results:

 


Imperial Meeting 2014

For the second year in succession the Imperial 2014 was blessed with warm, sunny and dry weather, with of course the tricky winds associated with summer conditions.

This year we fielded a record breaking eight members thanks to two new arrivals at WPRC. We welcomed John Cade who is no stranger to the Imperial and Phil Taylor who was renewing his acquaintance with the meeting after a break of some thirty years!

Match Rifle

Our sole MR representative Dick Hayden shot a full series of events this year, following a welcome return to ocular health. As always competition was fierce but he was delighted to record a 3rd place in the Any Rifle with a 71.6 at 1100 yards. Welcome back Dick!

Target Rifle

The remaining seven club members joined the fray on First Friday for the TR events.

Team shooting

Regrettably WPRC were not representing Hertfordshire in the Astor Cup this year but again entered teams in The Belgian and The Steward competitions. The Club team of Alistair Bullen, Ashley Coleman-Cooke, Colin Skellett and Bob Jackson improved on the Clubs 2013 performance.

Shooting against the strongest competition, results were as follows:

Belgian          18th ex 29 with a score of 664.56
Steward         16th ex 24 with a score of 678.73

Individual shooting

Phil Taylor, John Cade, Alistair Bullen and Colin Skellett were all able to shoot through to Second Thursday, while Nick, Bob and Ashley departed early after the Middle Weekend. A smattering of HPS’s and Prize Lists were achieved but considerably fewer than in past years. Nick would have been disappointed to return home after only two days shooting having amassed a haul of three Prize List places with a 6th position in The Daily Telegraph.
Colin upheld the clubs honour by being our only representative in Queens II

Full results >>


County Astor Cup Heat – May 11th 2014

Following a rewarding victory in the 2013 event, we fielded a 2014 team weakened by holiday commitments and illness. It was very reassuring however to be able to select new team members further underlining our strength in depth at WPRC.

John Cade and Phil Taylor both shot well above their respective averages and it was established team members who struggled to hold form.

Despite some excellent shooting at 600 yards we recorded a lower than expected score of 592, just four points behind Radlett who we had beaten last year.

Details of the result were as follows:

Radlett    595.55
Old Berkhamstedians A 593.52   
WPRC  592.37
Old Berkhamstedians B 572.37
North Herts Rifles 568.34
Watford       542.27

WPRC

Phil Taylor  
95.4
John Cade    
102.4
Alistair Bullen  
100.10
Bob Jackson
96.3
Nick Verduyn 
103.8
Richard Malet 
96.8

Full score details onhttp://www.hertsra.org.uk


A Remarkable Day - HRA Captains Day and Teams Challenge Shield - 6th April 2014

This traditional opener to the County shooting season attracted record entries this year, when 22 competitors entered the individual Captains Day competition shot over Queen’s I rules.

The numbers almost doubled for the afternoon where seven Club teams provided 39 shooters, a splendid show of support for the county.
Weather was overcast with some drizzle and tricky variable winds all day, keeping scores notably low.

Individual Captains Day Prize Competition

Shot at 300, 500 and 600 yards, Captains Day offers a handicapped format enabling improving shooters to pit their skills against internationals and regular County team members. Prizes are also available for Top Gun scores without handicap.

WPRC were able to field an impressive ten members this year. The Club have had several successes in the past but none equal to what was to unfold in 2014.
For starters, Ashley, Richard and James filled the first three places in the main Captains Day handicapped event. Not satisfied with this, the Gun Score competition was won by Colin with Richard and James finishing again in 2nd and 3rd places, leaving two Internationals and several current County shots in their wake.
 
Captains Day Prize - Handicap competition

Ashley Coleman-Cooke Placed 1st 
Richard Malet Placed 2nd
James Greenway Placed 3rd

Top Gun Score

Colin Skellett  Placed 1st  101.10
Richard Malet  Placed 2nd 100.12
James Greenway   Placed 3rd 99.12

What an amazing result!

Full results can be viewed on the following link: http://www.hertsra.org.uk/Click on What’s New and Captains Day Result

Herts Clubs Teams Challenge Shield

Following the successful morning program, seven Club teams assembled in the afternoon to shoot over 300 and 600 yards. Some clubs were pressed to field a full team of six and as customary on this day, some sharing took place to ensure everyone got a shoot. As a result the team scores were to be assessed taking best 5 scores from 6.

WPRC team captain Alistair Bullen took the bold decision to select two equal strength five-man teams from the club squad of 10, rather than electing to have a strong ‘A’ team and considerably weaker ‘B’ team.

His selection was perfect. WPRC ‘A’ finished in first place narrowly beating WPRC ‘B’ into second. Also bagging Top Gun in the afternoon with 99.12, Alistair and his men completed a remarkable clean sweep and underlined the Clubs position as top club in Hertfordshire.

Team results were as follows:

Welwyn Phoenix ‘A’  464.35  Colin Skellett    97.7
Welwyn Phoenix ‘B’    452.30  Alistair Bullen 99.12
Old Berkhamstedians   450.31    Bruce Winney 95.9
Old Haberdashers  447.26   Bob Sampson 94.10
North Herts Rifles  446.31 Ian Ashworth 96.10
Watford OCA  433.21  Andy Daw 99.10
East Barnet  416.13 Richard Bird 89.6

Top Gun in the afternoon to take the individual prize was Alistair with 99.12

WPRC Teams were:

A’ team     B’ team
Colin Skellett (Captain)  Alistair Bullen (Captain)
James Greenway    Nick Verduyn
Richard Malet  Paul McNamara
Ashley Coleman-Cooke      Steve Waters
Bob Jackson Phil Taylor

HRA Clubs Shield Results 2014.pdf >>>

WHAT A REMARKABLE DAY !


End of of Season Shoot- 13th October and 3rd November 2013

The appalling forecast for once was wholly accurate.Our traditional four distance EOS competitions were thrown into turmoil this year when they were held on Sunday 13th October supported by ten dedicated members. The appalling forecast for once was wholly accurate. The heavens opened as we assembled to shoot the first 300 yard detail ay 0830 and continued unabated.

Struggling to see the targets and shooting from lakes of water on the firing point we finally abandoned after the second detail at 300 yards after nearly three hours in the pouring rain.

After drying out and cleaning rifles, we repaired to the caravan for hot tea and by mutual agreement decided that we would defer the remaining three details to the last shoot of the year booked for November 3rd. We were however able to present some prizes.

The Warm-Up 300 yard shoot (rather an inaccurate title this year!) was won by Colin Skellett on count back from James Greenway with a 34.4 
Prizes for the concurrent comps shot throughout the season were also presented to Richard Malet for the Donegall Trophy; to Colin Skellett for the Crossley Cup; and in absentia to Nick Verduyn for the 7.62 Trophy and the Morrison Salver.

 

November 3rd 2013
With prospects of a dry and clear day ahead we reassembled three weeks later to complete the EOS competitions. Conditions were indeed dry but strong winds taxed all shooters throughout the day, making for some demanding wind strength decisions. All shooting had to be completed at 600 yards due to restrictions in target allocation. With a good mix of experienced die-hards and newly qualified members, competition in the handicapped events was fierce. In the final analysis youth and very steady shooting prevailed.

Colin Skellett was the sole die-hard winner with a score of 193 to beat Bob Jackson in the Holland Aggregate Shield. Paul McNamara was pushed hard all day by Alex Joyce, also newly qualified, but prevailed to scoop all three of the remaining club Trophies. Pemberton Cup, Rosebowl and overall handicapped EOS Aggregate Tankard were his for this year

A Popular and well deserved win, underpinned by an excellent 300 yard shoot in appalling conditions on day one. Well done Paul.

Full results :


County Astor Cup – Final 2013County Astor Cup – Final 2013

Having won theCounty Heat in May,WPRC again represented Herts in the Astor County Championship final at Bisley on July 12th. It is most rewarding not only to record an excellent Team Best performance of 15th ex 22 with a score of 611.59 also a TB, but also to note the commitment given by team members Mike Carlin and Richard Malet.

As reserves they travelled to Bisley with little hope of shooting but to support the team as register keepers gear carriers and general back up. Their attitude typifies the spirit in this club and their inclusion on the front row of the team photograph says it all.

Details of the result were as follows:

WPRC 300 500 600 TOTAL
Colin Skellett 35.5 35.6 35.5 105.16
Alistair Bullen 34.3 33.3 34.2 101.8
Allan Skellett 33.4 33.2 34.4 100.10
Ashley Coleman-Cooke 33.1 35.5 35.4 103.10
Nick Verduyn 33.1 35.3 33.3 101.7
Bob Jackson 35.4 34.3 32.1 101.8
Team Aggregate 611.59


Reserves: Mike Carlin & Richard Malet


Imperial Meeting 2013

Following recent years where we were challenged by foul weather, our hopes of a fine Imperial Meeting were rewarded. Tricky winds of course but dry and not overly hot days welcomed our squad of six from WPRC. The usual culprits Nick Verduyn, Colin Skellett, Ashley Coleman-Cooke, Alistair Bullen and Bob Jackson set out to do battle.

Bob was an early casualty and following a physically painful Astor Final on the first morning he was forced to withdraw from all further shooting activities. This followed a fall two weeks previously, onto his left elbow from the sixth rung of a ladder.
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Team shooting

Representing Hertfordshire again, WPRC made their best score ever in the Astor County Championship Final with a 611.59.
A satisfying 16th placing ex 22 was also a team PB.
Full Astor results here >>>

For the first time in many years we decided to enter club teams in both the Belgian and Steward competitions. Nick, Colin, Ashley and Alistair produced some competent shooting against very strong opposition. Results as follows:

Belgian          22nd ex 30 with a score of 669.70
Steward         18th ex 27 with a score of 668.67

Individual shooting

HPS crosses for maximum scores were hard to come by but success for Nick, Alistair and Colin was nevertheless very satisfying this year.

Chairman’s Prize to ColinAlistair by his own high standards had a muted TR Meeting with three Prize List placing’s. As vice-captain of the Norfolk county team he joined in their success in winning the County Short Range championship. His high point however was on the Running Deer range where he won the Dewar Trophy, so as captain of the BSRC he was certainly leading by example.

Nick made eight Prize Lists. He finished in an excellent 144th position in the Grand Aggregate and battled through the qualifying stages to post an excellent 61st placing in the St Georges Final. Well done Nick.

Colin was not to be outdone but he did keep us waiting till the last two days. He had also posted eight Prize Lists in the preceding competitions but the first major success was a win in the Chairman’s Prize ensuring more ‘Senior Silver’ on his mantelpiece. He may however consider that a Queens Prize final was the jewel in this year’s crown. It is every shooters goal to make the illusive Queens Final and his 58th position was a fine ending to another successful week.

All in all some very satisfying shooting performances were recorded.

Competition results >>>
Prize Lists >>>


Captain Bullen wins Eastern regional Champion of Champions

Following the regional KGV match held on May 12th between Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Essex, the leading competitors from each county shoot off to decide the regional Champion of Champions.

Following his leading score of 148.18 our Club Captain Alistair Bullen, representing Norfolk went head to head with representatives from Herts and Essex. With one sighter and ten to count at 600 yards in pouring rain, Alistair emerged with a winning score of 49.5, one V clear of Andrew Thompson from Herts and will be the Eastern Regional representative for the final at the Imperial Meeting in July.

Our congratulations are extended to him this year and our very best wishes that he can emulate the success of another WPRC champion, Colin Skellett, who won the overall event in 2011.


More Silver for WPRC HRA Captains Day – 24th March 2013

Individual Captains Day Prize Competition

Our team of six from WPRC entered the individual competition in the morning which was shot in Arctic conditions with a biting wind, snow showers and frozen firing points. It was very reassuring to see our two top guns beating a fully fledged current GB team member and taking both the Captains Prize and the Top Gun score.

Best placed WPRC shooters were:
Captains Day Prize  - Handicap competition
Colin Skellett                        Placed 1st                
Nick Verduyn                        Placed 2nd

Top Gun Score
Colin Skellett                        Placed 1st     104.16
Nick Verduyn                        Placed 2nd     104.13

Full results can be viewed on the following link: http://www.hertsra.org.uk/ 
Click on What’s New and  Captains Day Result

Herts Clubs Teams Challenge Shield
Tradition dictated that the previous winner organises the shoot and 2012 belonged to WPRC, so it was with pleasure that we again provided the necessary services this year.

The afternoon team competition now synonymous with the new seasons opening County shoot was again well attended despite the freezing temperatures and strong winds. With teams representing five County clubs it was decided the format would be changed to accommodate the short winter season day with shooting finishing at 16:00
 
Teams of six, with best four scores to count, shooting 2&10 on two details both at 600 yards was the format. With conditions worsening fast and butt markers also struggling in the cold it became obvious that even having changed the format many shooters would not complete the second detail. Taking the best four scores in each team from the first detail was agreed as the fairest way to decide the result.
 
Team results were as follows:

Welwyn Phoenix  188.15 Colin Skellett 49.3
Old Berkhamstedians   187.13  D.Pooley  47.4
Old Haberdashers  185.9    Dick Winney  49.3
North Herts Rifles   456.16   Phil Northam  49.3
Watford OCA    180.14   Andy Daw     49.8

Top Gun in the afternoon to take the individual prize was Andy Daw with 49.8

WPRC Team was:

Alistair Bullen (Captain)
James Greenway
Richard Malet
Allan Skellett
Colin Skellett
Nick Verduyn


County Astor Cup Heat – May 12th 2013

The 2013 Hertfordshire Astor Heat was again a hard fought match with a close result. Having been beaten last year by Old Berkhamstedians on V bull count following a tied score, WPRC were focused on a more convincing performance.

Astor 2013 Team

Five teams again competed for the honour of representing the County, and with fine weather and deceptive winds our old adversaries Radlett were fielding a strong team containing Palma and international shots. We were struggling after 300 yards having dropped 10 points but with the conditions continuing to challenge our wind coaches Colin Skellett and Nick Verduyn there was a definite feeling of grim determination as we walked back for the 500 yard detail.

We held our form with controlled shooting at the middle distance and with the sun coming out confidence rose as we heard some of the other scores. With excellent coaching we repeated our 500 yard score at 600 again with 9 points dropped and an aggregate total of 602.60 for a good all round team performance.

Much checking of registers finally revealed our winning score just one point and one V clear of Radlett and a very happy WPRC team posed for the winners photograph. We progress to represent the county at the Astor final in July.

Details of the result were as follows:

WPRC 602.60  
Radlett 601.59
Watford 589.40
Old Berkhamstedians 581.37
North Herts Rifles 502.25
Astor firing point

WPRC

Colin Skellett 102.13
James Greenway 101.11
Alistair Bullen 101.10
Bob Jackson 101.8
Nick Verduyn 101.10
Richard Malet 96.8

Full score details on http://www.hertsra.org.uk

 


End of Season Shoot - 14th October 2012

This years EOS shoot started in sub-zero conditions with a stiff frost on the 300 yard firing point. However by 0900 the intense sun was blinding the first detail, melting the ice and producing high scores in totally calm conditions.

With an unusually small field of just 8 shooters due to late withdrawals, there were three possibles and two 49's in the first of the four shoots of the day. This heady start was short lived however as a treacherous angle changing wind developed to destroy hopes of record scores.

Mike Hayden in one of his rare appearances led the field at lunchtime with the only double possible and 100.12 . All heaved a sigh of relief as he departed, not able to stay on for the long range details in the afternoon.

900 yards proved very testing in a difficult 12 o'clock flicking wind which thankfully steadied by the time we moved back to 1000 yards for the final detail.

Prizes were evenly distributed with Colin Skellett taking the Holland Shield by one point from Bob Jackson and Ashley Coleman-Cooke winning the EOS Tankard.

In the ensuing prize giving which encompassed the competitions shot throughout the season, Nick Verduyn retained the Crossley Cup and won the Morrisson Salver with Ashley Coleman Cooke retaining the Donegall Badge and Alistair Bullen winning the 7.62 Trophy.

NAME H/C 300 V 600 V 900 V 1000 V Agg. V Pemberton Cup 3+900 WARM UP SHOOT Pairs Agg.
BOB JACKSON 94 50 7 47 4 48 5 47 3 192 19 200.727 34.2  
    100.545   100.000   100.182   100.000   400.727       798.727
JAMES GREENWAY 95 49 8 47 4 42 2 42 2 180 16 199.200 34.2  
    100.300   99.900   98.900   98.900   398.000        
ELLA NESBITT 83 40   37   45 2 41 1 163 3 200.182 25.0  
    99.864   99.591   100.318   99.955   399.727       699.411
ROSS HAYDEN 86 46 6 45 5 35   -   126 11 199.474 33.0  
    100.316   100.211   99.158       299.684        
ASHLEY C-COOKE 92 50 6 48 5 45 4 46 3 189 18 200.462 33.2  
    100.615   100.308   99.846   100.000   400.769       798.385
PAT THORNTON 79 39 1 34   27 1 27   127 2 199.000 18.0  
    99.962   99.577   99.038   99.038   397.615        
MIKE HAYDEN 96 50 6 50 6 -   -   100 12 100.444 34.3  
    100.444   100.444           200.889       600.639
COLIN SKELLETT 97 49 8 49 6 47 4 48 5 193 23 199.750 34.4  
    100.125   100.125   99.625   99.875   399.750        

 

WELWYN PHOENIX RIFLE CLUB       End of Season Results - 2012        
NAME 2013 H/C 2012 H/C DONEGALL 2012 Donegall Ave Donegall Score 7.62 Crossley Morrisson
Bullen A 97 96 49 46 49 49 49 47 50 47 48.25 100.055 595 386 188
Carlin, M 92 91 46 48 48 44  
Coleman-Cooke, A 92 91 48 47 48 49 46 45 48 44 46.88 100.196 574 375
Greenway J 95 95 47 46 47 48 49 48 49   185
Hayden, M 97 95 50 49  
Hayden, Ross 85 89 43 41 44 44 43 39   182
Hayden, RW 84 84 D N S  
Jackson R K 94 94 49 48 45 49 47 47 45 45 46.88 99.997 588 375 184
Lewis, A 84 86 36 44  
Malet R 91 92 37 41 47 47 46 47 48 47 45.00 99.846 566 360 177
Nesbitt, E 83   D N S  
Nichols, J 89 91 43 47 41 47 45  
Skelett A 90 90 44 50 41  
Skellett, C 97 97 50 49 49 48 47 47 47 48 48.13 99.908 580 385
Thomas, S 85 85 D N S  
Thornton, P 78   38 35 41 43  
Waters, S 78   32 39 27 41 41 44 39  
Verduyn, E 92 92 D N S  
Verduyn, N 98 96 50 49 48 49 50 49 49 47 48.88 100.195 391 195

 

2012 Club Competitions Summary
7.62 Trophy Best 12 club scores this season Score
  Winner Alistair Bullen 595
  Runner up Bob Jackson 588
Donegall Trophy Best 8 nominated H/C scores  
  Winner Ashley Coleman-Cooke 100.196
  Runner up Nick Verduyn 100.195
Crossley Cup Best 8 nominated Agg. scores  
  Winner Nick Verduyn 391
  Runner up Alistair Bullen 386
Morrisson Salver Best 4 long range Agg. scores  
  Winner Nick Verduyn 195
  Runner up Alistair Bullen 188
   
   
END of SEASON EVENT COMPETITIONS  
EOS Warm up Best @ 300 yards Warm-up  
  Winner Colin Skellett 34.4
  Runner up Mike Hayden 34.3
Pemberton Cup Best 300 + 900 yard H/C score  
  Winner Bob Jackson 200.727
  Runner up Ashley Coleman-Cooke 200.462
Rosebowl Trophy Best EOS 600 yard H/C score  
  Winner Mike Hayden 100.444
  Runner up Ashley Coleman-Cooke 100.308
The Pairs Best pairs H/C Agg. score  
  Winner Jackson & Greenway 798.729
  Runner up Coleman-Cook & Thornton 798.385
Holland Shield Best EOS Aggregate  
  Winner Colin Skellett 193.00
  Runner up Bob Jackson 194.00
EOS Tankard Best EOS Handicap aggregate  
  Winner Ashley Coleman-Cooke 400.769
  Runner up Bob Jackson 400.727

 

 


Imperial Meeting 2012

Our usual diehards always turn up with high hopes for this annual pilgrimage and by recent past successes this is not without reason. The preceding years 2009, 10 and 11 had all produced notable achievements so Colin Skellett, Alistair Bullen, Nick Verduyn, Ashley Coleman-Cooke and Bob Jackson were justifiably looking for success again.

This year however kept us waiting. By the end of the long weekend it was Nick, who with steady shooting combined with his ‘O’ class status had amassed an amazing 14 prize list finishes. Bob, Ashley and Colin were all looking for excuses having managed only one listing between them. Alistair Bullen was shooting steadily but the best was still to come. He had committed to shoot the whole meeting while the others had either succumbed to the pressures of work or returned home just to lick their wounds.

Tuesday saw St Georges 1st stage and with a 73.11, Alistair was through to stage II. Likewise in Queens I on the Wednesday he produced a reassuring 105.14 to join 299 others in the second stage.

These days to get to an Imperial final requires almost faultless shooting and despite scores of 146.13 in Queens II and 74.9 in Georges II Alistair needed just that bit extra to beat the cuts at 147.14 and 148.19 respectively. A commendable performance none the less and he with the rest of the squad will be trying yet again to up their game for next year.

143rd IMPERIAL  MEETING        2012 DISTANCE NICK VERDUYN ALISTAIR BULLEN BOB JACKSON ASHLEY COLEMAN-COOKE COLIN SKELLETT
CLASS 2012 O A O O O
CENTURY   500 50.7 49.5 49.6 48.4 -
CENTURY   600 49.3 46.3 48.5 47.2 -
CENTURY  TOTAL 99.10 95.80 97.11 95.60 -
HUTTON 900 49.8 42.3 43.2 - -
TELEGRAPH 500 72.7 74.9 73.6 72.5 72.5
DONEGALL 300 49.5 DNF 45.3 49.5 47.6
CONAN DOYLE 900 - 50.5 - - -
DAILY MAIL 500 75.10 74.1 70.6 69.3 71.70
LOVELL 1000 49.7 48.4 - - 49.7
ALEXANDRA 600 49.7 49.3 47.2 45.2 47.5
D. OF CAMBRIDGE 900 50.6 46.4 41.2 - 44.1
TIMES 300 49.9 47.3 45.0 48.2 48.6
WIMBLEDON 600 47.4 50.8 45.2 44.2 46.3
CORPORATION 1000 47.4 44.1 - - 47.4
PRINCE OF WALES 600 - 71.6 - - -
DONALDSON MEM. 1000 - - - - -
P.W.RICHARDSON 500 - - - - -
BARLOW 900 - - - - -
GEORGES   I 300 - 73.11 - - -
GEORGES  II 600 - 74.9 - - -
GEORGES  FINAL 900 - - - - -
 
QUEENS   I    300 - 35.4 - - -
QUEENS   I    500 - 35.5 - - -
QUEENS   I    600 - 35.5 - - -
QUEENS   I  TOTAL 105.14 - - -
 
GRAND AGGREGATE - 683.74 - - -
GRAND AGG. POSITION - 148 - - -
 
QUEENS   II    300 - 49.5 - - -
QUEENS   II    500 - 48.4 - - -
QUEENS   II    600 - 49.4 - - -
QUEENS   II  TOTAL 146.1 - - -
 
QUEENS  FINAL    900 - - - - -
QUEENS  FINAL   1000 - - - - -
QUEENS  FINAL  TOTAL - - -
 
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    900 - - - - -
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    300 - - - - -
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    600 - - - - -
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE TOTAL - - - - -
 
McQUEEN A 49.4 - - - -
 
FINALS / TIES # 0 0 0 0 0
HPS CROSSES 2 3 0 0 0
PRIZE LISTS * 14 7 0 0 1

 


County Astor Cup Heat – May 13th 2012

We came into this event with high expectation and a strong team. It was encouraging to find six teams in the heat and we battled not only with our adversaries but also with very difficult wind conditions.
Shooting at 300 yards was disappointing and we dropped 10 points. The wind was a determining factor at 500 and 600 with wind coaches Colin Skellett and Bob Jackson, both struggling to stay in touch.
We finished in a tie on an aggregate of 596 but paid the penalty of a poor V count to hand the heat to Old B’s who deserved the win having carded two 104’s and a cross shot at 600.
 
They progressed to the Astor Final in July at the Imperial Meeting.

Details of the result were as follows:

Old Berkhamstedians  596.61
WPRC    596.47   
Radlett      592.59
Old Haberdashers  586.52
Watford  578.35

WPRC

Bob Jackson  101.10 
Nick Verduyn   101.7 
Alistair Bullen 100.8 
Colin Skellett 100.6   
Ashley Coleman-Cooke 99.9
James Greenway 95.7 

Full score details on http://www.hertsra.org.uk


HRA Captains Day – 1st April 2012  

Individual Captains Day Prize Competition

Our team of six all entered the individual competition in the morning and following a rather empty result in 2011 we were back in the prizes again this year.

Best placed WPRC shooters were:

Captains Day Prize  - Handicap competition

Colin Skellett            Placed 2nd                Winner – Alan Bearne Cheshunt RC
Bob Jackson             Placed 4th

Top Gun Score

Colin Skellett              Placed 1st     104.14

Full results can be viewed on the following link:

http://www.hertsra.org.uk/  Click on What’s New and  Captains Day Result

 

Herts Clubs Teams Challenge Shield

Herts Clubs Teams Challenge Shield The afternoon team competition now synonymous with the new seasons opening County shoot was again very well attended, with teams representing five County clubs. We welcomed North Herts Rifles a new club recently formed in the county which is a rare event these days.
 
Tradition dictated that the previous winner organises the shoot and 2011 belonged to WPRC, so it was with pleasure that we again provided the necessary services this year.

Teams of six, shooting 2&10 over 300 and 600 yards was the format and we were yet again blessed with a beautiful spring afternoon with light but tricky winds. All teams had turned out with a full compliment of six shooters, again a rare event, so we were able to compete on a more level basis which is much preferred.
 
Some excellent scoring was achieved and a solid team performance at 300 yards dropping only nine points underpinned a win by a margin of 12 over Watford.
 
Top Gun of the afternoon to take the individual prize was Chris Fopp from OB’s as the only ‘clean man’ on the range with an impressive 100.7

Team results were as follows:

Welwyn Phoenix

577.41 

Colin Skellett

99.12

Watford

565.31

Andy Daw

98.9

Old Haberdashers 

524.40 

Dick Winney

95.9

Old Berkhamstedians

493.29  

Chris Fopp   

100.7

North Herts Rifles  

456.16 

Ian Ashworth 

90.9

 


End of Season Shoot - 16th October 2011

Many of our EoS shoots attract a good attendance and 2011 did not disappoint. Eleven members attended and after early morning ground frost and mist had burnt off, we were treated to one of those glorious Bisley Autumn days. A full herd of deer on Stickledown in the late afternoon complete with magnificent stag trying to round up his considerable haremWe even had a full herd of deer on Stickledown in the late afternoon complete with magnificent stag trying to round up his considerable harem.

Light but deceiving winds, warm sunshine and long shadows as the day closed made it a memorable day.
Despite what appeared to be benign conditions, there were devils about! Most shooters shot well, but all were caught out on at least one of the ranges. Few exceeded their handicap – a rare occurrence at the EoS.

Colin Skellett managed a possible 200 ex 200 in the Morrison and Ashley Coleman-Cooke won the Donegall leading a group of three who were the only competitors to beat their handicaps.
In the competitions shot on the day, honours were evenly spread. It was good to see Anthony Lewis and Allan Skellett back on the range after an absence of a year due to other commitments. They exceeded expectation (certainly of their fellow competitors) by walking away with three of the five prizes. It must be said that their practice on the small bore range was clearly of great benefit, and with Allan currently Captain of the University team at Southampton we should have guessed that a ‘surprise’ was in store. Despite an increased handicap for 2012 we all hope to see them both return to Bisley with WPRC next season.

The Holland Shield (Club Championship) was again a closely contested event. Two points separated the top five and a tie on 191 ex 200 between Nick Verduyn, Colin Skellett and club captain Alistair Bullen was decided by   a single V bull, with Alistair taking the honours.

Prizes were presented after shooting and details of all competitions were as follows:

2011 Club Competitions Summary
7.62 Trophy Best 12 club scores this season Score
  Winner Colin Skellett 588
  Runner up Ashley Coleman - Cooke 584
Donegall Trophy Best 8 nominated H/C scores  
  Winner Ashley Coleman - Cooke 100.249
  Runner up James Greenway 100.076
Crossley Cup Best 8 nominated Agg. scores  
  Winner Nick Verduyn 386
  Runner up James Greenway 383
Morrisson Salver Best 4 long range Agg. scores  
  Winner Colin Skellett 200
  Runner up Alistair Bullen 190
   
   
END of SEASON EVENT COMPETITIONS  
EOS Warm up Best @ 300 yards Warm-up  
  Winner Colin Skellett 35.7
  Runner up Allan Skellett 35.5
Pemberton Cup Best 300 + 900 yard H/C score  
  Winner Anthony Lewis 200.737
  Runner up Bob Jackson 200.545
Rosebowl Trophy Best EOS 600 yard H/C score  
  Winner Allan Skellett 100.533
  Runner up Nick Verduyn 100.500
The Pairs Best pairs H/C Agg. score  
  Winner Bullen & N. Verduyn 800.400
  Runner up A. Lewis & Ross Hayden 799.808
Holland Shield Best EOS Aggregate  
  Winner Alistair Bullen 191.22
  Runner up Nick Verduyn 191.21
EOS Tankard Best EOS Handicap aggregate  
  Winner Anthony Lewis 400.632
  Runner up Allan Skellett 400.267

 

WELWYN PHOENIX RIFLE CLUB     End of Season Results - 2011        
NAME 2012 H/C 2011 H/C DONEGALL 2011 Donegall Ave Donegall Score 7.62 Crossley Morrisson
Bullen A 95 97 46 49 47 49 47 40 48 50 47.00 99.777 584 376 190
Carlin, M 91 91  
Coleman-Cooke, A 94 91 47 48 47 48 45 45 48 50 47.25 100.249 584 378
Greenway J 96 95 48 48 47 50 47 49 48 46 47.88 100.076 383
Hayden, M 93 95  
Hayden, Ross 88 89 46 43 47 41 44 43 46 45 44.38 99.982 528 355
Hayden, RW 84 84 40 36 45 44 40 41 45 45 42.00 100.000 336
Jackson R K 94 94 44 50 48 49 44 45 45 50 46.88 99.978 562 375
Lewis, A 86 86  
Malet R 92 92 44 44 44 44 46 44 46 49 45.13 99.946 580 361
Nichols, J 94 91  
Sinclair P X 82  
Skelett A 90 90  
Skellett, C 96 97 49 45 46 47 48 50 49 48 47.75 99.813 588 382 200
Thomas, S 90 85  
Verduyn, E 92 92  
Verduyn, N 95 96 49 46 48 50 47 48 50 48 48.25 100.056 578 386 174

 

NAME H/C 300 V 600 V 900 V 1000 V Agg. V Pemberton Cup 3+900 WARM UP SHOOT Pairs Agg.
ALISTAIR BULLEN 95 47 6 49 6 47 3 48 7 191 22 199.800 34.4  
    99.900   100.300   99.900   100.100   400.200       800.400
NICK VERDUYN 95 48 6 50 7 47 4 46 4 191 21 200.000 33.2  
    100.100   100.500   99.900   99.700   400.200        
DICK HAYDEN 84 41 2 41 1 44 1     126 4 200.095 23.0  
    99.905   99.905   100.190   96.000   396.000       795.778
COLIN SKELLETT 96 50 8 50 8 46 1 45 4 191 21 200.000 35.7  
    100.444   100.444   99.556   99.333   399.778        
BOB JACKSON 94 48 5 49 6 49 5 43 1 189 17 200.545 33.3  
    100.182   100.364   100.364   99.273   400.182       797.382
SIMON THOMAS 90 40 5 42 2 39   38 1 159 8 198.533 28.2  
    99.333   99.600   99.200   99.067   397.200        
RICHARD MALET 92 44 6 45 2 45 4 44 2 178 14 199.538 33.5  
    99.692   99.846   99.846   99.692   399.077       798.632
JAMES GREENWAY 96 50 9 47 6 46 1 47 5 190 21 200.000 34.5  
    100.444   99.778   99.556   99.778   399.556        
MIKE CARLIN 91                     187.000    
    93.500   93.500   93.500   93.500   374.000       774.267
ALLAN SKELLETT 90 44 5 49 3 48 3 41 3 182 14 200.267 35.5  
  99.867   100.533   100.400   99.467   400.267        
ANTHONY LEWIS 86 45   42   48 2 43 2 178 4 200.737 24.0  
    100.211   99.895   100.526   100.000   400.632       799.808
ROSS HAYDEN 88 44 3 43 2 41 1 41 1 169 7 199.647 30.2  
    100.000   99.882   99.647   99.647   399.176        

 


County Astor Cup Heat – May 8th 2011

Following our winning team performance at Captains Day earlier in the Spring, we sought to repeat our success at the Astor County heat in May. Despite a superior team V count, we were well beaten into second place by our old adversary Radlett. They progressed to the Astor Final in July at the Imperial Meeting.

Details of the result were as follows:

Radlett 

499.49  

WPRC     

494.52    

Watford & District 

3rd

Old Berkhamstedians 

4th

Old Haberdashers 

5th

WPRC

Colin Skellett                                   
Nick Verduyn                                   
Alistair Bullen                      
James Greenway                
Richard Malet                      
Mike Carlin                           

Full score details on http://www.hertsra.org.uk


HRA Captains Day – 27 March 2011

Individual Captains Day Prize Competition
In keeping with our successes from the past, the County opening Individual Captains Day shoot was anticipated to produce some Gold and at least some Silver for WPRC marksmen. We brought a team of seven, in fact about 37% of the total entry of 19. Were we complacent? Hopefully not but we didn't quite cut the mustard. The opposition turned up in force if not numbers and had a field day. Andy Daw of Watford did the Double – a rare achievement

Best placed WPRC shooters were:

Captains Day prize - Handicap competition
Nick Verduyn Placed 7th
Winner – Andy Daw, Watford RC

Top Gun Score
Colin Skellet Placed 4th
Winner – Andy Daw, Watford RC

Full results can be viewed here http://www.hertsra.org.uk/
Click on What's New and Captains Day Result

Herts Clubs Teams Challenge Shield
The afternoon team competition now synonymous with the opening County shoot was again very well attended, with teams representing five County clubs. Tradition dictates that the previous winner organises the shoot and 2010 belonged to WPRC, so it was with pleasure that they provided the necessary services this year.

Teams of six shooting 2&10 over 300 and 600 yards was the format and we were blessed with a beautiful spring afternoon with light but tricky winds. Taking best 4 to count from six to allow all teams to compete was unanimously agreed.

Some excellent scoring was achieved and after their mornings laxities WPRC provided a solid team performance to win by a convincing margin.

Top Gun of the afternoon to take the individual prize was Andy Daw from Watford RC with an impressive 100.13, creating a unique Treble for the day's competitions, having cleaned up in the mornings HRA Captain Day.

Team results were as follows:

Welwyn Phoenix 388.32, Colin Skellett 99.12
Old Berkhamstedians 378.32, Phil Wilcoxon 97.9
Watford 373.34, Andy Daw 100.13
Old Haberdashers 357.23, David Allen 94.7
Cheshunt 354.19, Oliver Miller 92.6

 

 


Club Team Competitions 2010

Our self awarded status of ‘Premier Club in the County’ comes with the responsibility to maintain that position with successful individual and team performances.    

2010 did not disappoint

Captains Day   28th March 2010
Our Captains Day winner this season was a very welcome surprise. Allan Skellett breaks away from his university studies only rarely to shoot with WPRC. His small bore shooting in Southampton is seemingly keeping him honed to produce winning performances at full bore also. It was very rewarding to see him take the silver with Alistair in 3rd place from a field of 11 Hertfordshire club shooters.

Herts Clubs Challenge Shield  28th March 2010
Despite a lack lustre performance in notably difficult windy conditions, WPRC managed a win, beating OB’s and Old Habs into second and third place respectively.

Astor County Heat  9th May 2010
It’s always a good feeling to retain a trophy and our total score in the County Heat was nearly the best we had ever recorded. A 607.61 saw us well clear of OB’s with 603.61 and Radlett, Watford and Old Habs bringing up the rear. With this result, we were delighted to accept the honour of representing the County in the main event at the Imperial Meeting in July, for the second year running and for the fourth time in the clubs history.

Details of the result were as follows:

WPRC 607.61
Old Berkhanstedians 603.61
Radlett

600.55
Watford & District 599.41
Old Haberdashers 586.43

 

WPRC Team

Nick Verduyn 104.13
Colin Skellett 103.11
Alistair Bullen 102.13
James Greenway 100.9
Richard Malet 99.11
Mike Carlin 99.4

Astor Final  16th July 2010

At the Imperial Meeting 2010, the TR competitions opened on first Friday, with WPRC representing the county in the Astor Final for the second year in succession. Our qualifying score of 607.61 in the heats would have put us in 10th  place in the final but difficult windy conditions challenged all teams and although we did not appear to shoot well with 597.52 ,  our 17th place ex 23 was our best finish of the four occasions we had made it to the final. The team was:

Alistair Bullen
Ashley Coleman-Cooke
Colin Skellett
Mike Carlin
Nick Verduyn
Bob Jackson

Mike Carlin was a very pleased top gun with 101.10


Herts County Competitions

In comparison to recent year’s successes, 2010 was less remarkable. The main event however again belonged to one of our own.

Nick Verduyn won the County Championship for the fourth time and was runner-up in three of the remaining competitions.

WPRC Herts Individual Competition results in 2010


Competition

Distances

Winner

Second

Third

Fourth

     Captains Day

300/500/600

Allan Skellett

 

Alistair Bullen

 

Melville

900/1000

 

Nick Verduyn 

 

 

Maggs

500

 

 

Nick Verduyn

 

Longmore

600

 

Nick Verduyn 

Colin Skellett

 

County Jewels

500/600

 

Nick Verduyn

 

Colin Skellett 

County Championship

300/600/900/1000

Nick Verduyn

 

 

 

Hertfordshire Open

500/600

 

 

 

 


Imperial Meeting July 2010

An Imperial Meeting over for another year. High summer, wind, no floods and some notable successes to record.

Dick Hayden as expected carried the Club colours at the opening ceremony and despite battling against considerable ocular challenges shot through most of the Match Rifle events. It must be recorded that this was Dick’s 50th Imperial meeting. In the wake of that amazing Milestone we mere TR shooters are but novices. Well done indeed Dick.

After the Lord Mayors show the procession of TR comps opened on first Friday, with WPRC representing the county in the Astor Final for the second year in succession. Our best ever qualifying score of 607.61 in this years heats in May would have put us in 10th  place in the final but difficult windy conditions challenged all teams and although we did not appear to shoot well with 597.52 our 17th place ex 23 was our best finish of the three times we have made it to the final. The team was:

Alistair Bullen
Ashley Coleman-Cooke
Colin Skellett
Mike Carlin
Nick Verduyn
Bob Jackson
 
Mike Carlin was a very pleased top gun with 101.10

All except Mike then proceeded to do battle in the individual competitions. The abiding notable success this year was Prize List places for everybody. Most comps fielded around 1000 competitors so this was some feat.

Ashley Coleman-Cooke blasted off with a 98.10 and a 27th place in the Century. Nick Verduyn made four prizelists. Two aggregates, a passable Donegall in 105th place ex 1008 and finding his sharpshooter skills, a splendid 21st place in the McQueen with a 50.7 .

Club Captain Alistair Bullen battling in ‘A’ class again this year gained his highest ever Grand Aggregate position at 119th with 684.61 and a Bronze bar. Prize lists in the Conan Doyle 35th, Times 200th having shot 9 cooking bulls and finishing with a flourishing V to clinch the coveted ‘last A in’ slot on the prizelist and 263rd in Queens 1st Stage all followed. Unfortunately he was just counted out in Queens 2nd Stage with his 143.16 .

Club President Bob Jackson had a rare glory Meeting, with a 74.7 and a 67th place in the Telegraph and a 17th Place in the Clementi Smith Aggregate with 173.21. After 20 years in the wilderness he was in 1st place on the range in the Alexander with a 50.9 among 1096 other competitors, just dropping his second to count out of the V and into the bull. The subsequent tie shoot with five others saw him eased into 2nd place overall, a Silver Bar, commemorative tankard and happy memories – not bad for a pensioner!

Colin Skellett might be disappointed with three prize lists but his success as ‘O’ class winner in the TWP Sighters Aggregate following on from last years ‘T’ class winning position, proves he can at least read the wind before it gets serious. This was followed by a 91st in the Times with 50.7 and 41st in the Alexander again with 50.7 . However Colin’s  Everest in 2010 was selection in the English XX team against the Combined Services. The team WON and Colin produced an excellent 3rd highest score in the team.

What a great week! Some tragedies as usual but all eclipsed by success. See all scores below.

Bring it on 2011.

141st IMPERIAL  MEETING        2010 DISTANCE NICK VERDUYN ALISTAIR BULLEN BOB JACKSON ASHLEY COLEMAN-COOKE COLIN SKELLETT  
CLASS 2010 O A O O O  
CENTURY   500 49.6 48.6 44.1 48.6 47.5  
CENTURY   600 45.5 46.5 48.2 50.4 46.5  
CENTURY  TOTAL 94.11 94. 11 92.3 98.10* 93.10  
HUTTON 900 42.1 44.2 45.1 - 45.1  
TELEGRAPH 500 71.6 72.8 74.7* 71.5 71.7  
DONEGALL 300 50.5* 48.2 49.5 45.3 48.4  
CONAN DOYLE 900 - 50.5* - - 46.4  
DAILY MAIL 500 71.6 74.8 67.3 72.7 73.10  
LOVELL 1000 46.6 39.0 41.1 - 47.3  
ALEXANDRA 600 47.4 49.5 50.9 #* 48.4 50.7* RKJ Class O winner, 2nd overall
D. OF CAMBRIDGE 900 48.6 46.1 47.4 - 42.3  
TIMES 300 49.6 50.1* 46.2 48.8 50.7*  
WIMBLEDON 600 47.1 47.5 47.3 45.3 46.3  
CORPORATION 1000 45.1 48.3 36.1 - 45.4  
PRINCE OF WALES 600 - 73.8 - - 72.8  
DONALDSON MEM. 1000 - - - - -  
P.W.RICHARDSON 500 - - - - -  
BARLOW 900 - - - - -  
GEORGES   I 300 - 73.7 - - 73.6  
GEORGES  II 600 - - - - -  
GEORGES  FINAL 900 - - - - -  
   
QUEENS   I    300 - 34.4 34.2 - 35.0  
QUEENS   I    500 - 34.3 33.3 - 34.3  
QUEENS   I    600 - 34.3 34.1 - 32.3  
QUEENS   I  TOTAL 102. 10* 101.6 - 101.6  
   
GRAND AGGREGATE - 684. 61 - - 669.63  
GRAND AGG. POSITION - 119 - - 422  
   
QUEENS   II    300 - 49.7 - - -  
QUEENS   II    500 - 47.4 - - -  
QUEENS   II    600 - 47.5 - - -  
QUEENS   II  TOTAL - 143.16 - - -  
   
QUEENS  FINAL    900 - - - - -  
QUEENS  FINAL   1000 - - - - -  
QUEENS  FINAL  TOTAL - - - - -  
   
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    900 - - - - -  
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    300 - - - - -  
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    600 - - - - -  
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE TOTAL - - - - -  
   
McQUEEN A 50.7* - - - -  
TWP SIGHTER AGGREGATE - - - - 124.13* CS Class O winner, 12th  overall
CLEMENTI SMITH AGGRERATE - - 173.21* - -  
   
FINALS / TIES # 0 0 1 0 0  
HPS CROSSES 2 2 1 1 2  
PRIZE LISTS * 4 3 3 1 3  
               

 


End of Season Shoot 17th October 2010

Our customary final club meeting of the season was held on Sunday 17th October, which with sub-zero conditions at 0830 looked a rather bleak prospect. Bisley however delivered a sublime day. By 0930 the sun was up in a cornflower blue sky, the frost had melted and the flags were totally lifeless.

A rather select band of just seven members proceeded to do battle over four ranges and continued to enjoy unbroken sunshine and light or non-existent winds. Scoring on the day was high, with most exceeding their handicaps and success was spread far and wide. Coupled with the competitions shot over the season, the 10 trophies up for grabs were shared evenly between five members.

James Greenway at last prised the Donegalll trophy away from Richard Malet after three years, while still leaving Richard still pretty satisfied with his overall win in the EOS Tankard. Bob Jackson recorded a rare success in the Pemberton Cup, while Alistair Bullen edged Colin Skellett out of a win in the Holland Shield after a third countback, Colin Skellett created another club record with a remarkable 599 ex 600 in the 7.62 Trophy. Maybe it’s time for a rule change in this competition as most of his success came at 300 yards!

Prizes were presented after shooting and details of all competitions were as follows:

NAME H/C 300 V 600 V 900 V 1000 V Agg. V Pemberton Cup WARM UP SHOOT Pairs Agg.
JAMES GREENWAY 95 48 6 48 6 49 3 46 4 191 19 200.400 35.4  
    100.100   100.100   100.300   99.700   400.200       800.743
BOB JACKSON 94 49 6 49 5 48 3 45 5 191 19 200.544 34.2  
    100.363   100.363   100.181   99.636   400.543        
RICHARD MALET 92 49 6 49 5 46 1 45 4 189 16 200.461 33.2  
    100.461   100.461   100.000   99.846   400.768       800.518
COLIN SKELLETT 97 50 6 49 5 49 2 45 3 193 16 200.500 34.4  
    100.375   100.125   100.125   99.125   399.750        
ALISTAIR BULLEN 97 49 4 48 2 49 6 47 4 193 16 200.250 31.3  
    100.125   99.875   100.125   99.625   399.750       800.033
DICK HAYDEN 84 38 1 41 1 46 3 46 3 171 8 199.999 32.1  
    99.619   99.904   100.380   100.380   400.283        
ASHLEY C-C00KE 91 47 2 45 2 44 1 44 4 180 9 199.999 32.3  
    100.214   99.928   99.785   99.785   399.712       799.912
JAMES GREENWAY 95 48 6 48 6 49 3 46 4 191 19 200.400 35.4  
    100.100   100.100   100.300   99.700   400.200        

 

WELWYN PHOENIX RIFLE CLUB     End of Season Results - 2010        
NAME 2011 H/C 2010 H/C DONEGALL 2010 Dongl Ave Donegall Score 7.62 Crossley Morrisson
Bullen A 97 96 48 46 48 48 49 49 50 47 48.13 100.029 595 385 188
Carlin, M 91 91  
Coleman-Cooke, A 91 95 48 50 47 45 48 48 48 45 47.38 99.976 563 379
Greenway J 95 90 49 43 49 49 49 50 49 47 48.13 100.417 583 385 183
Hayden, M 95 95  
Hayden, Ross 89 87 42 42 43 46 45 46 45 46 44.38 100.096 534 355
Hayden, RW 84 81  
Jackson R K 94 94 44 48 49 49 45 50 46 47 47.25 100.045 585 378 181
Lewis, A 86 85  
Malet R 92 95 49 48 45 44 45 49 45 45 46.25 88.750 564 370
Nichols, J 91 91  
Sinclair P 82 82  
Skelett A 90 85 38 43 46 44 47 47 44 49 44.75 100.225 551 358
Skellett, C 97 96 49 50 50 49 50 50 48 47 49.13 100.251 599 393 183
Thomas, S 85 86  
Verduyn, E 92 92  
Verduyn, N 96 97 49 45 47 50 47 47 49 47 47.63 99.783 579 381 181

 

2010 Club Competitions Summary
7.62 Trophy Best 12 club scores this season Score
  Winner Colin Skellett 599
  Runner up Alistair Bullen 595
Donegall Trophy Best 8 nominated H/C scores  
  Winner James Greenway 100.417
  Runner up Colin Skellett 100.251
Crossley Cup Best 8 nominated Agg. scores  
  Winner Colin Skellett 393
  Runner up James Greenway 385
Morrisson Salver Best 4 long range Agg. scores  
  Winner Alistair Bullen 188
  Runner up James Greenway 183
   
   
END of SEASON EVENT COMPETITIONS  
EOS Warm up Best @ 300 yards Warm-up  
  Winner James Greenway 35.4
  Runner up Colin Skellett 34.4
Pemberton Cup Best 300 + 900 yard H/C score  
  Winner Bob Jackson 200.544
  Runner up Colin Skellett 200.500
Rosebowl Trophy Best EOS 600 yard H/C score  
  Winner Richard Malet 100.461
  Runner up Bob Jackson 10.363
The Pairs Best pairs H/C Agg. score  
  Winner Greenway & Jackson 800.743
  Runner up Malet & C.Skellett 800.518
Holland Shield Best EOS Aggregate  
  Winner Alistair Bullen 193.16
  Runner up Colin Skellett 193.16
EOS Tankard Best EOS Handicap aggregate  
  Winner Richard Malet 400.768
  Runner up Bob Jackson 400.543

End of Season Shoot - 19th October 2009

Our customary final club meeting of the season was held on 19th October. A host of competitions at distances between 300 and 1000 yards awaited a spirited turnout of eleven members, who enjoyed sunshine and imperceptibly light, often dangerous winds.

With both handicapped events and straight gun score competitions to shoot, members of all abilities were able to enjoy the day, battling with their nerves their fellow competitors and the winds which seemed to come from nowhere.

As mentioned in earlier reports it was Colin Skellett that was on everyone's mind following his excellent season on the ranges. He did not disappoint here either but did not have it all his own way as the results listed below will show.

Highlights were certainly Colin's performance, in scooping up five of the ten trophies but also Richard Malet's win in the Donegall Trophy for the third time in three years was a notable achievement. Mike Carlin had a great shoot at 600 yards to post his first Club trophy win, just edging Colin into second place.

Prizes were presented after shooting and details of all competitions were as follows:

2009 Club Competitions Summary
   
AGGREGATES SHOT THROUGHOUT 2009  
   
7.62 Trophy Best 12 club scores this season Score
  Winner Colin Skellett 593
  Runner up Alistair Bullen 592
   
Crossley Cup Best 8 nominated scores  
  Winner Nick Verduyn 387
  Runner up Richard Malet 381
   
Donegall Trophy Best 8 nominated H/C scores  
  Winner Richard Malet 100.249
  Runner up James Greenway 100.131
   
Morrisson Salver Best 4 long range  scores  
  Winner Colin Skellett 198
  Runner up Alistair Bullen 197
   
END of SEASON EVENT COMPETITIONS 2009  
   
EOS Warm up Best @ 300 yards Warm-up  
  Winner Alistair Bullen 35.3
  Runner up Colin Skellett 34.5
   
Pemberton Cup Best 300 + 900 yard Handicap score  
  Winner Alistair Bullen 200.666
  Runner up Colin Skellett 200.444
   
Rosebowl Trophy Best 600 yard Handicap score  
  Winner Mike Carlin 100.500
  Runner up Colin Skellett 100.444
   
The Pairs Best pairs Handicap Aggregate score
  Winner C.Skellett & S.Thomas 801.085
  Runner up Ross Hayden & S.Thomas 800.680
   
Holland Shield Best Overall Aggregate score  
  Winner Colin Skellett 195
  Runner up Alistair Bullen 194
   
EOS Tankard Best Handicap Aggregate score  
  Winner Colin Skellett 400.665
  Runner up Alistair Bullen 400.443

Welwyn Phoenix Rifle Club at the City RC Open Meeting 2009

Welwyn Phoenix member Colin Skellett had a remarkable run in the well attended City Open meeting held at Bisley on 12/13 Sept.

The Saturday competition was at short range, with a 'Queen's 1' format (2+7 shots at 300, 500 and 600 yds) in the morning and a 'Queen's 2', (2+10 shots at the same ranges) in the afternoon. Although achieving a maximum score of 105 in the morning, Colin was beaten into second place on V-bull count. In the afternoon competition, Colin dropped a point at 300 yds (scoring a 49.9) and was clear at 5 & 600 - his score of 149.21 was enough to win the 'Barker' cup by a single V. Several Hertfordshire competitions are shot concurrently with the 500 and 600 yard City competitions. Having not dropped a shot at either range, morning or afternoon, Colin also won these.

The Sunday shoot was 2+15 at 900 and 1000 yds. In 'tricky but readable' wind conditions, Colin dropped a point at 900 and a further three at 1000. - Ending up one point and quite a few Vs off the lead.

The City Championship is however decided on the aggregate score made over the two days. Colin's aggregate was 400 ex 405, which would have been sufficient to win the City Open Championship by the considerable margin of four points - unfortunately, not expecting to shoot so well, he hadn't entered the City aggregate competitions. Oh ye of little faith!

A summary of the 2009 Hertfordshire County competitions is available below. Our successes in this seasons events has been remarkable and is most unlikely to be surpassed in the future.


Welwyn Phoenix RC County Competition Results 2009

Throughout the season the County organises seven competitions open to all members of Hertfordshire Rifle Association affiliated clubs. In addition the Herts Open is, as it's name suggests, an open competition with no restrictions to entry.

In previous years the best individual performances recorded were in 2003 and 1998 when Tim Webster and Nick Verduyn (WPRC) respectively won three out of the seven competitions.

In 2009:

  • Colin Skellett of WPRC eclipsed the former record by winning six out of the seven competitions (not shooting in the remaining Melville Competition).
  • Nick Verduyn of WPRC won the remaining Melville and was in second or third place in five of the other competitions.
  • Richard Malet and Alistair Bullen also featured in the prizes.
  • Our Club Team won the Herts Astor team heat and went on to represent the County at Bisley in the Astor Final in July.

It is inconceivable that this feat will ever be repeated and we feel justifiably proud for the Club and particularly for Colin Skellett in what has been a bumper year for WPRC.

WPRC Herts Competition results in 2009

Competition

Distances

Winner

Second

Third

Fourth

Captains Day

300/500/600

Colin Skellett

Nick Verduyn

Alistair Bullen

Richard Malet

Captains Day Handicap

300/500/600

Colin Skellett

 

Richard Malet

Alistair Bullen

Melville

900/1000

Nick Verduyn

 

 

 

Maggs

500

Colin Skellett

 

Nick Verduyn

 

Longmore

600

Colin Skellett

 

Nick Verduyn

 

County Jewels

500/600

Colin Skellett

Nick Verduyn

 

 

County Championship

300/600/900/1000

Colin Skellett

 

Nick Verduyn

 

Hertfordshire Open

500/600

Colin Skellett

 

 

Nick Verduyn

Hertfordshire Astor

300/500/600

Welwyn Phoenix Rifle Club

 

 

 

 


Shooter Certification First WPRC Graduate joins as a Full Member

New and prospective members of WPRC have always been able to enjoy excellent coaching from experienced members at the many shoots run by the club. Continuous improvement through coaching in a friendly club atmosphere has been one of the main stated aims of Welwyn Phoenix RC since its formation in 1982.

fhjnfCoaching sessions in the past have always been carried out on an informal best practice basis. Following the introduction of stringent controls by the MoD which were imposed on the NRA and its affiliated clubs in late 2008 all shooters are now required to obtain a Certificate of Competence before being accepted as Full Shooting Members by affiliated clubs. As a result of this, all those new to full bore shooting are required to attend a formal NRA training course run over four day-long sessions and pass a final assessment test prior to achieving this vital qualification.

In Spring 2009, WPRC was selected by the NRA as one of their affiliated clubs qualified to run these courses and the club has recently celebrated with its first graduate Anthony Lewis who obtained his Certificate of Competence on September 27th this year.

Anthony is seen here on the ranges at Bisley, receiving his Certificate from Club President Bob Jackson and being promoted from provisional to Full Member status.

For more details of courses run by WPRC click on the 'Provisional Member Training' link at the top of the home page.


Imperial Meeting July 2009

In keeping with tradition Welwyn Phoenix RC were well represented at the annual Imperial meeting in July this year. Dick Bisley 2009Hayden carried the responsibility as the only club competitor in the Individual Match Rifle events while we had a strong turnout of five in the Individual Target Rifle competitions. For the first time since 2004, WPRC represented the county in the Astor Final. Competition is very tough in this event and we finished 19th ex 23. This, despite our best ever recorded team score of 608 ex 630 beating Cambridge University, Cornwall, Devon and Oxfordshire. Individual scores were as follows:

ASTOR COUNTY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

300 yards

500 yards

600 yards

Total

Nick Verduyn

35.5

34.4

34.4

103.13

Colin Skellett

35.6

33.3

35.2

103.11

Bob Jackson

33.2

32.2

35.4

100.8

Alistair Bullen

30.2

35.3

34.3

99.8

Jeff Nichols

34.3

33.4

34.5

101.12

Ashley Coleman-Cooke

33.4

35.4

34.5

102.13

 

200.22

202.20

206.23

608.65

Individual Target Rifle competitions.

It's all too much! For the first time since 2002 Ashley Coleman-Cooke shot over the long weekend and was happy enough to take away a nice HPS in the Donegall at 300 yards.

Not so fortunate with the prize lists were both club captain Alistair Bullen and president Bob Jackson, but never the less ‘we were there’.

Enjoying the less rigorous ‘O’ class for the first time since 2000, Nick Verduyn had a great weekend, with no less than five Prize Lists, two HPS’s and four Aggregate Prizes.

Finally, and certainly not before time, Colin Skellett broke his ‘T’ class duck. Next year he will be rightfully placed among the vast majority as an ‘O’ after securing seven prize lists, one HPS and goodness knows how many Aggregate prizes. Well done Colin!

Full results are shown below.

140th IMPERIAL  MEETING        2009 DISTANCE NICK VERDUYN ALISTAIR BULLEN BOB JACKSON ASHLEY COLEMAN-COOKE COLIN SKELLETT  
CLASS 2009 O A O O T  
CENTURY   500 49.6 49.8 48.4 48.4 50.6  
CENTURY   600 49.7 49.6 48.3 47.5 47.1  
CENTURY  TOTAL 98.13* 97.11 96.5 95.9 97.7*  
HUTTON 900 48.7* 44.1 47.3 - 48.4*  
TELEGRAPH 500 72.9 72.5 70.5 72.6 73.8*  
DONEGAL 300 50.5* 46.4 48.3 50.4* 45.2  
CONAN DOYLE 900 - 49.5 - - 48.3  
DAILY MAIL 500 69.4 70.5 71.8 64.3 68.4  
LOVELL 1000 43.2 39.3 45.2 - 49.2*  
ALEXANDRA 600 48.5 47.3 48.3 44.4 46.3  
D. OF CAMBRIDGE 900 44.4 43.1 47.5 - 42.2  
TIMES 300 50.5* 46.3 47.5 49.3 49.4  
WIMBLEDON 600 47.5 49.7 45.3 45.2 44.2  
CORPORATION 1000 49.4* 46.4 46.3 - 47.4*  
PRINCE OF WALES 600 - 72.11 - - 75.8*  
DONALDSON MEM. 1000 - - - - -  
P.W.RICHARDSON 500 - - - - -  
BARLOW 900 - - - - -  
GEORGES   I 300 - 73.7 - - 73.8  
GEORGES  II 600 - - - - -  
GEORGES  FINAL 900 - - - - -  
   
QUEENS   I    300 - 33.2 - - 35.3  
QUEENS   I    500 - 34.1 - - 34.4  
QUEENS   I    600 - 31.2 - - 32.0  
QUEENS   I  TOTAL - 98.5 - - 102.7  
   
GRAND AGGREGATE - 665.56 - - 666.53  
GRAND AGG. POSITION - 446 - - 430  
   
QUEENS   II    300 - - - - -  
QUEENS   II    500 - - - - -  
QUEENS   II    600 - - - - -  
QUEENS   II  TOTAL - - - - -  
   
QUEENS  FINAL    900 - - - - -  
QUEENS  FINAL   1000 - - - - -  
QUEENS  FINAL  TOTAL - - - - -  
   
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    900 - - - - 47.4  
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    300 - - - - 49.4  
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    600 - - - - 48.4  
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE TOTAL - - - - 144.12*  
   
   
   
   
FINALS # 0 0 0 0 0  
HPS CROSSES 2 0 0 1 1  
PRIZE LISTS * 5 0 0 1 7  
               

 


HRA County Championship 2009Welwyn Phoenix Triumph at Herts County Championship (again)

Three members of WPRC shot in the 2009 Open Hertfordshire County Championship, held at Bisley on 31 May.  The competition was shot over 4 ranges, with 900 & 1000 yards in the morning and 300 & 600 in the afternoon.

The final scores for the title of County Champion were very close with only 2 points separating the top 8.  WPRC’s Colin Skellett took the honours and the magnificent trophy with a score of 190.19, only 1 V bull ahead of the next shooter.  Last year’s winner WPRC’s past Captain Nick Verduyn, was one of three shooters on 189, but took 3rd place due to his higher V count.

Current Captain of WPRC Alistair Bullen however, showed the rest how it should be done with a top score of 193 (but ‘only’ 17 Vs).  Unfortunately for Alistair, he elects to shoot for the County of Norfolk, so was ineligible to receive the magnificent Herts Championship trophy.

All in all, another strong showing from Welwyn Phoenix.

Full results are on the HRA website.


Astor Team 2009County Astor Cup Heat May 10th 2009

In keeping with WPRC's good start to the season, our team's effort in the County Astor Heat was no exception. It was not an awesome performance but good enough to ensure that the Club will be representing the County later this year at the main event in July.

Details of the result were as follows:

WPRC     593.49
Watford & District   581.48
Old Berkhamstedians    579.41
   
WPRC  

Nick Verduyn               

102.9
Colin Skellett    102.9
Alistair Bullen  100.10
Bob Jackson   99.9
Ashley Coleman-Cooke   98.6
Mike Carlin   92.6

HRA Captains Day 2009

HRA Captains Day Winners ‘To the victor the spoils’ L-R Phil Northam (Watford) 2nd – Colin Skellett (WPRC) 1st – Richard Malet (WPRC) 3rd  With this event moving several weeks later into early April to try and attract a better turnout our plan seemed to have worked. With 17 competitors it proved to be a recent record, nobody being able to recall such a well attended HRA season opener.

WPRC were well represented with their Clubs Shield team of six all entering this individual handicapped competition, held on the morning of Sunday April 5th.

We can report mixed fortunes as the results below will show. However our penchant for providing winners did not leave us disappointed with Colin Skellett cleaning up both the Top Gun Score and the overall Handicap prize. Scores were tight at the top and our Richard Malet made a score well over his 2008 average to finish in third place only just behind Phil Northam from Watford R&PC. The picture of the top three tells it all.

WPRC performances were as follows:

WPRC Captains Day Scores 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H/Cap

300

500.0

600

Total

Position

H/C corrrected

H/C Position

Colin Skellett

101

35.3

35.6

34.3

104.12

1st

105.60

1st

Richard Malet

95

32.4

34.3

34.3

100.10

4th

105.45

3rd

Alistair Bullen

97

35.6

32.2

33.4

100.12

3rd

105.33

4th

James Greenway

90

31.1

31.2

27.1

89.4

11th

104.94

8th

Bob Jackson

100

34.3

31.0

33.3

98.6

7th

104.67

9th

Nick Verduyn

103

33.4

33.4

34.5

100.13

2nd

104.00

12th

Records will show that WPRC have provided the winner in this competition for five of the last six years. A Full results table can be viewed on the HRA website at www.hertsra.org.uk


Hertfordshire Clubs Challenge Shield 2009

The dubious honour of organising this Herts Clubs team competition falls to the winner from the previous year. In our fourth consecutive year as organiser, WPRC made a special effort to recruit new interest. With five teams shooting, the efforts were well rewarded and
Cheshunt R&PC received an especially warm welcome as the newcomers to this event. The combining of HRA Captains Day with a team event in the afternoon was again popular and with fine weather and tricky winds the Challenge Shield lived up to its name.

In keeping with the tradition of this event designed for teams of six, those clubs unable to field a full team determine the final format. In 2009 we elected to shoot best 4 scores from 6. Shot over 300 and 600 yards the final result was a close run thing. After the first distance, Watford with193.19 led WPRC with 193.18 by one V bull. OB’s in third place had amassed 190.18. All was to change at 600 yards, with Old Berkhamsteadians finally gaining the upper hand by a solitary point over Welwyn Phoenix with the same V count.

Final scores were as follows :

Old Berkhamsteadians 381.33
Welwyn Phoenix 380.33
Watford 376.35
Old Haberdashers 333.9
Cheshunt 327.11

OB’s will have our support in the drive to attract further new teams to enjoy this competitively relaxed format in 2010 and hopefully grow the interest in HRA events in the future.


Welwyn Phoenix score again in County Events

Two Hertfordshire County events were again staged as season openers in 2008 to encourage a good turnout from participating County Clubs. WPRC were well represented in both.

County Captains Day – Morning, 16th March 2008
This competition for individual shooters is run under handicap conditions encouraging emerging talent to shoot against the more experienced. Often it is found that experience will influence the result particularly if early season conditions of high winds and rain make the going more difficult. WPRC fielded three competitors in the group of 10 shooters.

Not faring quite as well as in the previous two years when we took first place, Colin Skellett and Nick Verduyn managed to produce a rare tie for 3rd place.

County Clubs Challenge Shield – Afternoon, 16th March – Team competition

Following on from the morning shoot, three County Clubs assembled for the afternoon Challenge Shield. With the top 4 scores to count at one distance only, due to target problems, WPRC retained the trophy for the third consecutive year.

WPRC 189.15 (A.Bullen, A. Skellett, C. Skellett, N. Verduyn)
Old Haberdashers 187.13
Watford & District 183.12<


County Astor Cup Competition – May 11th 2008

The selection of a County Club team to represent the County at the Imperial Meeting in July is serious stuff and as always WPRC were focused on the task this year.
2008 saw a far better performance than last year….but still not quite good enough. Radlett RC again provided a lesson in how to shoot in difficult wind conditions as the results show below.

Radlett RC 599.55
WPRC 593.42
Old Berkhamstedians 587.51
Watford & District 569.34
Old Haberdashers 492.39

139th Imperial Meeting July 14th to 27th 2008

In comparison to last years Imperial Meeting the weather conditions could not have been more different. Replacing torrential rain, competition cancelling floods and hot humid conditions, we had to accept continuous cool blustery weather. Great for camping but, Oh! so difficult to handle on the range.

WPRC fielded a slightly smaller team this year, with Dick Hayden again our only representative in the Match Rifle events.

Aliatair Bullen, Nick Verduyn and Bob Jackson competed in the Target Rifle competitions.

The spectacular successes achieved by Alistair in 2007 had a double edged effect, of propelling him into the more competitive ‘A’ class for this years events. Shooting in difficult conditions throughout the week, two Prize List places were achieved and with a 146.17 he was exasperatingly just one V bull short of a Queens Final Place.

Nick on the other hand had been demoted from ‘A’ class, in which he had shot for at least the past 12 years. His new ‘O’ status coupled with very steady shooting throughout the weekend, was rewarded with no less than 15 Prize List placings. Almost impossible until you realise he featured in every Aggregate available. A consummate all-round performance.

Club President Bob Jackson, coping neither with 6 minute wind changes, nor the lack of practice earlier in the season, enjoyed himself immensely. As always …………..we were there. Results follow.

139th IMPERIAL  MEETING 2008 DISTANCE NICK VERDUYN ALISTAIR BULLEN BOB JACKSON
CLASS 2008 O A O
CENTURY   500 49.5 48.6 45.3
CENTURY   600 49.7 50.3 47.3
CENTURY  TOTAL 98.12 98.9 92.6
HUTTON 900 47.4 49.5 49.4
TELEGRAPH 500 74.6 70.7 66.4
DONEGAL 300 46.6 42.2 48.4
CONAN DOYLE 900 - 48.4 -
DAILY MAIL 500 72.7 73.4 70.2
LOVELL 1000 45.5 44.3 43.1
ALEXANDRA 600 47.4 45.4 45.2
D. OF CAMBRIDGE 900 48.2 45.2 42.2
TIMES 300 48.7 48.2 41.2
WIMBLEDON 600 48.3 47.2 46.1
CORPORATION 1000 43.3 42.3 41.2
PRINCE OF WALES 600 74.9
DONALDSON MEM. 1000
P.W.RICHARDSON 500
BARLOW 900
GEORGES   I 300 72.8
GEORGES  II 600
GEORGES  FINAL 900
 
QUEENS   I    300 35.3
QUEENS   I    500 34.4
QUEENS   I    600 33.4
QUEENS   I  TOTAL 102.11
 
GRAND AGGREGATE 666.56
GRAND AGG. POSITION
 
QUEENS   II    300 49.9
QUEENS   II    500 48.5
QUEENS   II    600 49.3
QUEENS   II  TOTAL 146.17
 
QUEENS  FINAL    900
QUEENS  FINAL   1000
QUEENS  FINAL  TOTAL
 
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    900
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    300
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    600
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE TOTAL
 
FINALS # - - -
HPS CROSSES 0 0 0
PRIZE LISTS * 15 2 0

 


HRA County Championship 2008HRA County Championship 2008 - Welwyn Phoenix bring home the silver AGAIN

Hertfordshire Rifle Association held their 2008 County Championship on Sunday 31 August, with Alistair Bullen, Colin Skellett and Nick Verduyn flying the flag for Welwyn Phoenix.

Following on from Colin Skellett’s 2007 success, WPRC really showed the way this year by filling 1st, 2nd, and 4th places.

With an almost perfect 249 ex 250, Nick Verduyn, past Captain of WPRC blew the rest of the field away. ‘Trailing’ in 2nd and 4th places, were Alistair Bullen 244, and Colin Skellett 243.

This really was top drawer stuff, Nick’s only dropped shot being in his 74 ex 75 at 1000 yards. Oh! wouldn’t he have loved that in a Queens Final.

The trophy is to die for, as can be seen from the inset photograph. Made in 1865 from solid silver, ornate and wholly Victorian. It will look so good on the mantelpiece Nick, where it has been twice before.

Well done.

    Comp 2     Comp 3 Comp 4 Total  
    300   600   900   1000      
Verduyn N 50 7 50 8 75 10 74 8 249 33
Bullen A 47 2 49 5 75 11 73 7 244 25
Barr M 50 5 49 4 74 8 70 8 243 25
Skellett C 50 8 46 2 74 6 72 10 242 26
Winney R 49 6 48 7 74 8 70 9 241 30
Cade J 47 2 50 7 71 7 73 3 241 19
Northam P 47 5 48 5 74 8 70 5 239 23
Townsend M 48 5 47 2 75 8 67 3 237 18
Thompson J 48 7 50 8 70 4 67 4 235 23
Cairns B 46 3 49 8 70 6 68 8 233 25

End of Season Shoot

Not only did we attract an excellent turnout of ten shooters, but the traditional thick early morning mist did not show up, so an on time start was possible.

The traditional draw provided some very fair pairings for the ‘Pairs Handicap’ event and after the ‘Warm up Shoot’ of 2&7 at 300 yards which saw Richard Malet shoot the only possible on the range and win the wine, the competition in earnest was under way.

Ten to count at 300 and 600 yards followed in gentle wind conditions, which produced excellent performances from very many competitors at both distances. A double possible from Colin Skellett saw him take the ‘Rosebowl’ with the highest handicapped score at 600 yards.

All was to change over the lunch break. Faced with increasing fresh to strong and variable winds at 900 and 1000 yards in the afternoon, experience started to tell. Alistair Bullen provided the only possible at 900 yards with a 6v count just to rub it in. There were valiant efforts to hang on with very creditable performances from over half of the field but all was to change as we moved back to 1000 yards for the final shoot of the day.

The wind strengthened and it was hard for many to hold the black, let alone the bull. Again Alistair showed how practice at this distance and in challenging conditions, is essential if good scores are to be achieved. His 46.6 (6 v’s and 4 inners!) gave him an unassailable and thoroughly deserved lead to take the overall championship for the 5th year in succession.

Another memorable EOS where nobody got wet in mid-October.

A full results table is shown below.

2008 Club Competitions Summary

7.62 Trophy Best 12 club scores this season Score
  Winner Alistair Bullen 593
  Runner up Bob Jackson 565
Donegall Best 8 nominated Handicapped scores
  Winner Richard Malet 99.772
  Runner up Nick Verduyn 99.714
Crossley Cup Best 8 nominated Aggregate scores
  Winner Nick Verduyn 384
  Runner up Alistair Bullen 373
Morrisson Best 4 long range Aggregate scores
  Winner Alistair Bullen 197
  Runner up Colin Skellett 196
End of Season warm up Best score @ 300 yards  
  Winner Richard Malet 35.4
  Runner up Ashley Coleman-Cooke 34.4
End of Season 900 Best 900 yard score  
  Winner Alistair Bullen 50.6
  Runner up Richard Malet 46.2
Rosebowl Best EOS 600 yard Handicapped score
  Winner Colin Skellett 100.375
  Runner up Richard Malet 100.307
End of Season Pairs Best Pairs Handicapped Aggregate score
  Winners Alistair Bullen                  & Dick Hayden 799.507
  Runners up James Greenway               & Colin Skellett 798.643
Holland Shield Best End of Season Aggregate score
  Winner Alistair Bullen 194.25
  Runner up Colin Skellett 189.18
End of Season Tankard Best End of Season Handicapped Aggregate
  Winner Alistair Bullen 400.443
  Runner up James Greenway 399.893

 


 

 

 


Century Range 300 yard firing point138th Imperial Meeting July 13th to 28th 2007

With the British summer having deteriorated to record rainfall levels in May and June, the prospects for another scorching Imperial Meeting were very slim. The doubting Thomas’s were not disappointed, but despite awful weather forecasts, five hardy souls from WPRC along with another 1100 equally determined shooters embarked on the road to seeking shooting glory or at very least the satisfaction of being able to say ‘I was there’.

Dick Hayden, our only representative in the Match Rifle events, shot all his competitions in the first week. The weather WAS awful but shooting continued with downpours on every day. It seems amazing to us lesser mortals, that these competitors with targets almost completely obscured at 1100 and 1200 yards can manage scores of 196.19v ex 200, the winning score in the Edge this year. Dick lasted until First Wednesday, when the supplies of dry underwear and his patience ran out. He decided that staying on till the last MR events on Friday was a call beyond duty and beat a welcome retreat home.

'Shooting Anybody?'Maybe he was psychic or just fed up. Or he could be just playing mind games against everyone, making the sport like a simple game of bluffing in poker. However it proved to be a wise decision. The main force from WPRC were due to start their competitions on Friday morning, but following a torrential storm in the early hours which carried on most of the day, the ranges were nearly washed away for the second time in 13 months. Shooting was cancelled at 0930 when lightening strikes on Century were falling 100 yards in front of the Cadet International Match shooters. Both the Century and Hutton competitions were abandoned without a shot being fired.

The rain continued to fall, forming a large lake between the 100 and 300 yard firing points, deep enough to sail canoes later in the day. Alistair Bullen, Nick Verduyn, Colin Skellett, and Bob Jackson sought shelter and solace until the sun came out in the afternoon. The attached pictures show what effect the storm made on a normally dry and dusty Bisley in July. As a result, two butts were out of action for most of the meeting, and shooting was a lottery. Some were lucky and shot in high temperatures with amazing humidity, those unfortunates who got rained upon, really got a soaking. Thankfully as the final week progressed the weather improved and by Friday deep rutted campsites and endless muddy tracks were the only obvious signs of the deluge that had prevailed for most of the first ten days

Amazingly within 24 hours we were back in action.However the talk on camp was all about shooting successes and failures and as usual our group from WPRC had both to report. To be fair, there were very few absolute catastrophes and happily we can report some remarkable successes which may be hard to repeat in future years. The high points can be summarised as follows:

  • Everyone got on at least one Prize List.
  • Nick failed to challenge his 172.24 in the Stock Exchange and missed the Prize list. He actually had a 24th place!
  • Colin made 3 Lists, but somehow cleverly managed to retain his Tyro status.
  • Nick made 19th in the Times and 20th in the Wimbledon both on the same day.
  • Alistair finished 148th in The Grand Agg. and secured his A Class – not before time.
  • Alistair made a tie shoot in the Wimbledon with 50.9 and finished 5th with 25.2

And finally the icing on his cake………….

  • 'Alistairs Corp', what an achievementAlistair Bullen was a clear winner of The Corporation with a 50.9 at 1000 yards. Beating Queens Prize winners, European Games Gold medallists, all the current Palma team and 1062 other competitors. ‘The Corp’ is regarded as the premier single distance competition at The Meeting and has always been the turning point of everyone’s Grand Aggregate. A fabulous achievement by our Club Captain, made possible by considerable dedication and hard work.


    Quite Reflection
138th IMPERIAL MEETING 2007 TARGET RIFLE EVENTS DISTANCE NICK VERDUYN ALISTAIR BULLEN BOB JACKSON COLIN SKELLETT   PRIZE LIST DETAILS
CLASS 2007 A O O T  
CENTURY   500  
CENTURY   600  
CENTURY  TOTAL ABANDONED  
HUTTON 900 ABANDONED  
TELEGRAPH 500 74.10 71.6 71.2 73.7* CS 124th ex 1082
DONEGAL 300 49.3 49.5 47.3 46.4  
CONAN DOYLE 900 - 49.2 - -  
DAILY MAIL 500 72.7 73.6 72.8 74.7* CS 131st ex 1075
LOVELL 1000 43.1 42.3 45.2 45.2  
ALEXANDRA 600 48.7 49.6* 50.5* 47.2 RJ 58th,   AB 99th ex 1078
D. OF CAMBRIDGE 900 48.3 47.4 46.2 47.4  
WEEKEND AGGREGATE 334.30 - - 332.25* CS 74th ex 389
TIMES 300 50.9* 49.8 45.2 - NV 19th ex 1072
WIMBLEDON 600 50.8* 50.9* 47.5 - AB 5th after tie shoot 25.2,   NV 20th ex 1075
CORPORATION 1000 48.3 50.9* 45.2 - AB 1st ex 1063
MONDAY AGGREGATE 148.20* - - - NV 36th ex 412
PRINCE OF WALES 600 - 72.9 - -  
DONALDSON MEM. 1000  
P.W.RICHARDSON 500  
BARLOW 900  
GEORGES   I 300 - 71.7 - -  
GEORGES  II 600  
GEORGES  FINAL 900  
   
QUEENS   I    300 - 34.3 - 34.4  
QUEENS   I    500 - 34.6 - 34.4  
QUEENS   I    600 - 34.1 - 35.4  
QUEENS   I  TOTAL - 102.10 - 103.12  
   
GRAND AGGREGATE - 683.76* - - AB 148th ex 1052
GRAND AGG. POSITION 148 th  
   
QUEENS   II    300 49.4 47.4  
QUEENS   II    500 47.3 45.2  
QUEENS   II    600 48.7 46.4  
QUEENS   II  TOTAL 144.14 138.10  
   
QUEENS  FINAL    900  
QUEENS  FINAL   1000  
QUEENS  FINAL  TOTAL  
   
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    900  
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    300  
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE    600  
CHAIRMAN'S PRIZE TOTAL  
   
FINALS # - - - -  
HPS CROSSES 2 2 1 -  
PRIZE LISTS *   3 4 1 3    

If you're not working what the Hell!!

'If you're not working what the Hell!!'


HRA Captains Day 2007 - Welwyn Phoenix score again in County Events

Two Hertfordshire County events were staged as 2007 season openers in late March this year. Both held on the same day to attract turnout, WPRC were well represented in both.

County Captains Day – Morning, 25th March - 300, 500 and 600 yards
This competition for individual shooters is run under handicap conditions encouraging emerging talent to shoot against the more experienced. Often it is found that experience will influence the result particularly if early season conditions of high winds and rain make the going more difficult. WPRC fielded three competitors in the group of 10 shooters and yet again led the way against their other County Club adversaries.
Colin Skellett, Nick Verduyn and Alistair Bullen all produced very creditable gun scores to be 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. But even better, when the handicaps were applied, the overall result improved considerably with a win for Colin, with Alistair and Nick in 3rd and 7th places. A great start to 2007.

Full results:

Name 300yds 500yds 600yds Total Position Handicap Handicapped score Handicapped position
A. Bullen 33.2 35.5 34.3 102.1 5 99 105.429 3
B. Cairns 32.1 33.2 31.2 96.05 8 99 104.571 9
A. Daw 34.5 35.4 34.4 103.13 2 102 105.25 4
P. Holden 33.4 32 34.3 99.07 6 98 105.125 5
M. Lunnon 34.4 31.1 29.1 94.06 9 95 104.909 8
P. Northam 30 30.2 31.1 91.03 10 90 105.063 6
C. Skellett 35.5 35.4 33.1 103.1 3 98 105.625 1
J. Sweet 35.4 34.2 35.4 104.1 1 102 105.5 2
N. Verduyn 34.2 34.1 35.4 103.07 4 103 105 7

 


County Clubs Challenge Shield – Afternoon, 25th March – Team competition

It had been agreed that the scheduling of the HRA Challenge Shield should be coincident with the HRA Captain’s Day shoot, as this had worked well the previous time. The 2007 HRA Challenge Shield was to follow the Captain’s Day shoot. Since Welwyn Phoenix RC prevailed at the last Challenge Shield, then it was our honour to organise 2007 competition. Having booked targets, sent out invitations and made sure the Captain’s Day shoot had not been re-scheduled all was in hand.

Three Hertfordshire clubs entered the 2007 Challenge Shield.

The afternoon was slightly over cast, but not too bad considering the time of year. Slight disaster on the target front, the targets that were booked had been cancelled so we were informed by the range office. No butt markers were available, but 2 electronic targets at 500 yards were available.

The team captains were consulted and a change of format agreed. The new format was to be 2 convertible sighting shots plus 10 to count shot twice at 500 yards, for each member of the 6 man team. However, as two clubs could not filed a full complement this was amended to best 5 of 6 scores to count. An agreeable rota was constructed to allow the three teams to share the 2 electronic targets. We were back on track.

Disaster, the electronic targets were not working after the lunch time recess. It was almost an hour before the targets were up and running again. Coupled with the fact that we were still in the winter season for shooting hours, gave us only 2 hours to complete the shoot. It was not possible to shoot everyone twice, as there was not enough time. So, it came to the best 5 of 6 from one detail at one distance. Welwyn Phoenix RC managed to prevail for a second consecutive year, followed by Watford OCA.

Therefore WPRC have the honour of organising the 2008 HRA Challenge Shield.

Welwyn Pheonix RC

500x

 

 

 

 

Nick Verduyn

47

3

Colin Skellett

50

5

Alan Skellett

41

1

Liz Verduyn

48

4

Alistair Bullen

48

4

 

 

 

 

234

17

 

 

 

Watford OCA

500x

 

 

 

 

A Daw

47

5

P Northam

47

3

T Smith

44

2

T Murphy

46

1

D Harrison

45

1

B Clarke

43

2

 

 

 

 

229

12

 

 

 

Old Haberdashers' RC

500x

 

 

 

 

Peter Winney

40

1

Barry Cairns

47

3

Martin Keen

45

1

David Raeburn

42

1

Dick Winney

42

2

 

 

 

 

216

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First Guest Shoot with Welwyn Phoenix

With the prospect of shooting at 300 and 600 yards on a beautiful warm spring day, the opportunity paid off for eight visitors to Bisley recently.

WPRC’s policy of opening it’s doors to those who would like to try full bore shooting paid off for a large group of guests who joined Club Members for a day on the ranges.

The group comprised both complete novices and some who were renewing their interest in the sport. Following a comprehensive safety briefing, each visitor was allocated a coach and mentor for the day. They then proceeded to get down to the serious business of ‘hitting the black’.

It was gratifying for coaches to see that all of their charges achieved a considerable degree of success and progress throughout the day. Notably those that had been away from the sport for extended periods were able to ‘get back on the bike’ with amazing ease.
Examples of success during the day were:

• Total novice at full bore 43 ex 50 - 600 yards
• Not picked up a target rifle for 18 years 46 ex 50 - 600 yards

Keen, talented or good coaching. You decide!

Plenty of target space enabled members to also enjoy a good days shooting, but all agreed that the winner of the day was Target Shooting, which seemed to be certain of some new recruits in the very near future.

To our guests; Ian, Mike, Martin, Pat, Brendan, Bridget, Mehbub &Adrian; thanks for joining us. We know you had a great day – the smiles said it all, particularly when the V Bulls were signalled from the butts.
See you again SOON!!

To the members who attended; a great team effort – thanks for your support.

 


Bullet Call

It is becoming increasingly difficult to buy competitively priced Sierra Bullets for our club reloads in the UK. We have in the past managed to obtain enough bullets by using members who were visiting the US either on business or on holiday to bring small quantities back with them in their luggage.

The call goes out again! Our stocks need replenishing.

We can arrange for bullets to be consigned to any address in the USA for personal collection. The size of the packages is small; the weight around 12lb (5.5kg) per box of 500 bullets.

These need declaring at customs on leaving the US, but as inert bits of metal they carry no restrictions save the weight in your baggage. Of course they are not loaded ammunition, which sometimes needs to be pointed out to an ill-informed customs officer.

So, please come forward. We need your help.

Call Bob Jackson if you intend visiting the US and he will talk you through the process and arrange delivery to your chosen US address for your collection.


Welwyn Phoenix Grand Slammers

Following our article recently published about the achievements of Alistair Bullen in last seasons Club competitions, we have to advise that it contained an element of
under-reporting.

Not that our illustrious Captain did not have a remarkable season on the ranges. Far from it!

We reported that Alistair was the first member to achieve the Mini Grand Slam by winning all four of the seasons Concurrent competitions. We have looked into the archives and find that this was actually first achieved by a youthful Nick Verduyn back in 1998. So we have TWO Mini Grand Slammers.

What Alistair achieved by adding victories in the two main End Of Season shoot competitions in the same year amounts to the first FULL GRAND SLAM in the Club’s history.

For the record here are the two performances in detail:

Welwyn Phoenix Grand Slams

Winning Scores

1998

2006

 

Nick Verduyn

Alistair Bullen

7.62 Trophy

590

580

Donegal Badge

99.813

100.228

Crossley Cup

382

383

Morrison Salver

186

191

Holland Shield

 

180.16v

EOS Tankard

 

400.800

Well done again!


Welwyn Phoenix Rifle Club End of Season Empire Match. Alistair Bullen and Trophies.Welwyn Phoenix rifle Club End of Season Empire Match
Sunday 15th October 2006.

The weather forecast for the 2006 End of Season shoot promised a dry day and as luck would have it the forecasters were correct. The day started out overcast, but without the fog of the previous few mornings. Turn out was less than last year’s EOS shoot, with the 6 of the 7 confirmed attending members assembling prior to the start of shooting. As well as an empire match, the EOS shoot includes a handicap pairs competition. First item on the agenda was to draw the pairs using the time-honoured system of drawing names from a hat and as there was an odd number, one shooter was going to have to be paired with himself.

The draw resulted in some interesting partnerships, with the favourites being either the combination of Colin Skellett and Nick Verduyn or Mike Hayden who was teamed with himself. Colin, Nick and Mike all have the ability to shoot to their average or better, so it almost seemed a certainty that it would be between those two pairings.

The first drama to unfold was not on the target, but the fact that the marker for our target had failed to turn up. Following a visit to the range office, the marker on the adjacent target doubled up to mark our target as well. This could well have slowed proceedings, but thankfully the marker was superb. The warm up shoot of 2 convertible sighters with 7 to count at 300 yards saw Colin, Nick and Mike all return an HPS of 35 with Nick taking the honours with a vee bull count of 5 ex a possible 7.

The morning started to brighten up as we started the Empire match with 2css plus 10 to count at 300 yards. Good steady shooting from everyone, with Nick shooting another HPS. We then fell back to 600 yards to shoot 2css plus 10 to count, but since we had lost time whilst the marker was arranged, the shoot was truncated to 2css plus 7 to count. Strong shooting from everyone again, with Mike joining Nick in shooting an HPS at 600 yards. That was the short range over, long range after lunch!

The afternoon started off in the same vein as the morning, no marker! Well, the marker was in the butts, but due to a slight logistical error was not on the target that we expected. Communication with the butts secured the services of a marker on the appropriate target at 900 yards, but the marker was isolated from the butt supervisor and a radio, so the order of the day was don’t miss the target!.
Again we were blessed with an attentive marker, and good light conditions. Everyone shot above average for the 2css plus 10 to count at 900 yards, with Alistair Bullen shooting the only HPS.

As soon as the last detail had finished at 900 yards, the first detail were on the 1000 yard firing point, and a runner dispatched to retrieve the lone marker. Light conditions changed to give a poor sight picture, with the black aiming mark becoming more like a grey blur. The wind appeared to be more fickle than it really was, which caused a bit of an upset. All the south paws were on the first detail, with leftie Dick Hayden showing the rest of his detail how it should be done. His fellow shooters struggled with the conditions, as did those on the second detail. Alistair joined Dick in shooting above handicap in the third and final detail at 1000 yards.

Now to calculate those handicap scores. After 900 yards, Mike Hayden paired with himself was just ahead of Colin Skellett and Nick Verduyn, however there was a complete change of fortunes following the 1000 yard shoot. Alistair Bullen and Richard Malet took the handicap competition, followed by Dick Hayden and Paul Knight. Steady, consistent shooting was rewarded!

Prize giving followed the shoot and after a remarkably consistent season from our Captain, the EOS competition results were really no surprise. Alistair Bullen has lead from the front all year and thoroughly deserved his almost clean sweep.

Go to the seasons full results table >>>.

Welwyn Phoenix Rifle Club End of Season Shoot Details

2006 Club Competitions Summary
7.62 Trophy Best 12 club scores this season
Winner Alistair Bullen 580
Runner up Bob Jackson 575
Donegal Trophy Best 8 nominated H/C scores
Winner Alistair Bullen 100.228
Runner up Jeff Nichols 100.145
Crossley Cup Best 8 nominated Agg. scores
Winner Alistair Bullen 383
Runner up Jeff Nichols 379
Morrisson Salver Best 4 long range Agg. scores
Winner Alistair Bullen 191
Runner up Bob Jackson 182
Pemberton Cup Best 8 seasons scores - H/C
Winner No Competition -
Runner up -
EOS warm up Best score @ 300 yards
Winner Nick Verduyn 35.5
Runner up Mike Hayden 35.3
EOS 900 Best 900 yard score
Winner Alistair Bullen 50.4
Runner up Mike Hayden 49.7
Rosebowl Best EOS 600 yard H/C score
Winner Nick Verduyn 100.444 (6v)
Runner up Mike Hayden 100.444 (4v)
The Pairs Best pairs H/C Agg. score
Winner Malet & Bullen 801.353
Runner up Hayden & Knight 801.088
Holland Shield Best EOS Aggregate
Winner Alistair Bullen 180.16
Runner up Nick Verduyn 179.20
EOS Tankard Best EOS Handicap aggregate
Winner Alistair Bullen 400.800
Runner up Dick Hayden 400.553

 


Welwyn Phoenix Triumph at HRA County Championship

Hertfordshire Rifle Association held their 2006 County Championship on Sunday 21 May with Alistair Bullen and Colin Skellett flying the flag for Welwyn Phoenix.

The long-range details at 900 and 1000 yards were shot in the morning with light rain and a somewhat variable wind, though fortunately not as strong as it had been the day before, when shooting on Stickledown was abandoned due to the target frames being blown out).

Conditions worsened over lunch however and heavy rain caused problems at 300 yards, particularly for those using ‘Eagle Eye’ supplementary lenses in the foresight. There was also the problem of trying to keep a legible target plot – pencils don’t work very well on soggy paper! The conditions were so bad, that the final shoot, scheduled for 600 yards, was abandoned and the competitors retired to the City RC clubhouse to add up the scores – after which the weather seemed to brighten up a bit!
Much to his surprise and considerable delight, the competition was won by Welwyn Phoenix’s Colin Skellett, with a score of 140 ex 150. WPRC club captain Alistair Bullen was one of three shooters, one point behind, on 139.

    300   900   1000   Total    
Colin Skellett 47 6 48 3 45 3 140 12  
Andy Daw 46 6 47 2 46 4 139 12  
Peter Seebohn 45 2 46 3 48 4 139 9  
Alistair Bullen 43 1 49 1 47 4 139 6  
Dick Winney 46 1 45 3 47 4 138 8  
Peter Holden     45 2 43 3 88 5 retired
Mick Barr                 retired
Barry Cairns                 retired

Due to the adverse weather conditions, the 600 yard shoot was abandoned.

"Congratulations Colin – yet more prestigious silver to clean."

 

 


 

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